WHAT WE PREACH
What do we preach?
Quite simply, we preach the Gospel of Jesus Christ, as Jesus, the Apostles and Paul did. When preaching or witnessing to an unbeliever, we give grace to the humble and law to the proud (James 4:6; Luke 7:37-50; Mark 10:17-23). If someone is humbled over their sin against God, as in the woman caught in adultery (John 8:3-11), then we would simply preach the love and grace of God as revealed in the cross.
Unfortunately, most people we meet are proud in their heart and think they are a good person and that their goodness will make them right with God. To these people our message includes the following, as the opportunity and time allows:
We use the law to bring the knowledge of sin (Romans 3:20), opening up the Ten Commandments and the spiritual nature of the law (For example, see Matthew 5:27-28, where Jesus said that God considers lust to be adultery). The purpose of the use of the law is to stop their mouth from justifying their actions and leaves them guilty before God (Romans 3:19).
We preach the full nature of God - that He is not only a God of love (1John 4:8), mercy (Ephesians 2:4) and grace (Titus 2:11), but of justice (Isaiah 30:18), righteousness (Philippians 3:9), judgement (Isaiah 66:16; Ezekiel 18:4; Matthew 12:36; Hebrews 9:27) and holiness (Hebrews 12:14).
We preach that God, being in very nature Good, is just (Deuteronomy 32:4; Romans 3:26) and must therefore punish sin (Psalms 9:8; Ezekiel 18:4; 2 Thessalonians 1:6-8) and that He sees sin as so serious that His punishment is death (Romans 6:23) and eternal judgement in hell (Matthew 25:41,46; Luke 16:23-26; 2 Thessalonians 1:9; Revelation 21:8)
Some people at this point may think that they can make up for their sin by doing more ‘good works than bad ones’. To this we would show them through scripture (eg. James 2:10-11; Galatians 2:16, 3:10-11) and analogy that you can not be made right with God by trying to keep a law you have already broken.
As a sinner sees the serious nature of their sin against God (Romans 7:13) and is humbled, through the conviction of the Holy Spirit (John 16:8), we then preach that God is also merciful and loving (John 3:16; Ephesians 2:4-5). Seeing our utter incapability of being made righteous by our own good works (Romans 3:10-18), He became the justifier of our faith through Christ’s atoning death on the cross (Romans 3:26, 5:8-9).
We preach Jesus Christ’s life (Hebrews 4:15; 1 John 3:5), His sacrificial death in our place when His blood was shed on the cross at Calvary (which satisfied God’s eternal judgement for sin - John 1:29; Romans 3:25; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Galatians 3:13), His burial and His resurrection (Luke 24:6-7; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4), in which He conquered death (1 Corinthians 15:54-57), sin (Hebrews 9:26) and the devil (1 John 3:8) and proved that He had accomplished that for which He was sent (Romans 1:4).
We preach repentance towards God (not just sorrow over sin, but a conscious turning away from it - Acts 26:20; 2 Corinthians 7:10), and faith (ie. trust) in Jesus Christ (John 14:6; Acts 20:21; Romans 10:9-10) and that “it is by grace you have been saved through faith - and this not of yourselves, it is the gift of God - not by works, so that no one can boast” (Ephesians 2:8-9).
We preach that through repentance and faith in Jesus Christ, we are made righteous (ie. right standing) with God (2 Corinthians 5:21; Philippians 3:9) and receive the gift of eternal life (John 3:15-16; Romans 6:23; 1 John 5:11-12), through the Holy Spirit Who comes to live within us as a deposit, guaranteeing our inheritance (Ephesians 1:13-14; 2 Corinthians 5:5).
We preach that those who are born again of the Holy Spirit (Who alone can save us - John 3:3-6), are new creatures in Christ with a new heart and new desires (2 Corinthians 5:17; Peter 2:24).
We encourage those we speak to, to get right with God, either right then, or in their own time, and would warn them about the uncertainty of life (Ecclesiastes 7:2) and the terrible consequences if they die in their sins (John 3:36).
If someone is convicted by the Holy Spirit and earnestly desires salvation, we invite them to pray to God in their own words, then we would pray for them (Romans 10:9-10, 13).
We encourage them to read their Bible (and will give them one if they don’t have one, and would like one), to find a Bible-believing church and to seek after God in prayer. We then leave them with a Gospel tract and continue to pray for their salvation.
We believe the Bible to be the inspired, infallible, authoritative, and inerrant Word of God (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 2 Peter 1:21).
We believe there is one God, eternally existing in three persons: the Father, Son and Holy Spirit (Genesis 1:1, Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19, John 10:30).
We believe in the deity of Christ (John 10:33); His virgin birth (Isaiah 7:14, Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:34-35); His sinless life (Hebrews 4:15, 7:26); His miracles (John 2:11); His vicarious and atoning death (1 Corinthians 15:3, Ephesians 1:7, Hebrews 2:9); His resurrection (John 11:25, 1 Corinthians 15:4); His ascension to the right hand of the Father (Mark 16:19); His personal return to earth in power and glory (Acts 1:11, Revelation 19:11-16).
We believe in the absolute necessity of regeneration by the Holy Spirit for salvation because of the exceeding sinfulness of the human nature, and that all are justified on the single ground of faith in the shed blood of Christ, and that only by God's grace through faith alone are we saved (John 3:16-19; 5:24, Romans 3:23; 5:8-9, Ephesians 2:8-10, Titus 3:5).
We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; those who are saved unto the resurrection of life, and those who are not unto the resurrection of damnation (John 5:28-29).
We believe in the spiritual unity of the believers in our Lord Jesus Christ (Romans 8:9, 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, Galatians 3:26-28).
We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by Whose indwelling and empowering the Christian is enabled to live a godly life and be witnesses for Christ (Romans 8:13-14, 1 Corinthians 3:16, 6:19-20, Ephesians 4:30; 5:18, Acts 1:8).
We believe that we as Christians are examples of the love of God in this world. It is this (agape) love that we desire to possess and without which we have no right to call ourselves Christians (1 John 4:16-17).
We believe it is the mandate of the whole Church to go into the whole world and to preach the Gospel to every living creature. (Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19-20)